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Wel­come to Slam Dunk Tips! My newslet­ter designed to help you, and your busi­ness, become more suc­cess­ful. I share my pas­sion to help lead­ers lead and teams to suc­ceed.
Speak­ing Cal­en­dar
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Mar 14, 2017      Chica­go, Illi­nois
Mar 15, 2017      Oak Brook, Illi­nois
Mar 16, 2017      Daniels Sum­mit, Utah
Apr  4,  2017       San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia
Apr 10, 2017       St. Louis, Mis­souri
Apr 11, 2017       San Anto­nio, Texas
Apr 13, 2017       Bal­ti­more, Mary­land
Apr 19, 2017       Naples, Flori­da
Apr 25, 2017       Albu­querque, New Mex­i­co
MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK
Dur­ing my col­lege career at UCLA I spent a lot time at the end of the bench. Rarely did I have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­tribute in a game. It was a tough real­i­ty to swal­low after a suc­cess­ful junior col­lege career. Sev­er­al times I was tempt­ed to quit or trans­fer to a dif­fer­ent school. I even con­tem­plat­ed a return to my job as a mechan­ic. Each of those choic­es seemed prefer­able to the prospect of play­ing such a lim­it­ed role on my team.

For­tu­nate­ly, my junior col­lege coach, Tom Lubin, had oth­er ideas. When I called him to com­plain about my sit­u­a­tion at UCLA and with my coach, he sim­ply said, “Mark it’s not the coach, it’s not the team, it’s you! You have to get bet­ter. If you’re not going to play in the games, you have to make the prac­tices your games. Be the first guy to prac­tice and the last one to leave. You must con­tin­ue to run, shoot, and hit the weight room. If you do these things, I promise you will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to try out for an NBA team.”

GO THE EXTRA MILE
So I did just that. I worked out dili­gent­ly six hours a day, five days a week. I worked hard to improve myself even though there was not much suc­cess around me at that time. I cre­at­ed my “luck.” When the NBA came call­ing lat­er that year, I had done enough to war­rant a chance and a job offer.

What are you doing to cre­ate your own luck? Are you will­ing to put in the extra effort required to get ahead? Will you take addi­tion­al class­es, train hard­er or get the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion you need to move to the next lev­el? Will you be ready when oppor­tu­ni­ty knocks on your door?

Action Step
Spend time this month hon­ing your skills. Ask your boss what is required to get ahead in your com­pa­ny. Research those you admire at work (or else­where), then emu­late them. Once you receive the infor­ma­tion need­ed to advance, exe­cute the play! Make your luck. Take a few extra shots after prac­tice. It can make the dif­fer­ence between spend­ing your time on the bench and star­ring in the game!
Tes­ti­mo­ni­als
“Mark always deliv­ers, 110% of the time, which is why he remains a favorite of IBM and Drury designs.” -Direc­tor, Drury Enter­tain­ment Group“Captivating and engag­ing!” Pres­i­dent, Lar­ry H. Miller Group“Entertaining & inspir­ing. Sur­passed expec­ta­tions!” -Senior VP, Cae­sars Entertainment“Mark has a def­i­nite GIFT! He made me laugh, cry and feel moti­vat­ed to improve myself.” -Employ­ee Spe­cial­ist, Utah State Uni­ver­si­tyTo See More Tes­ti­mo­ni­als Click https://7ft4.com/?page_id=21
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